Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

Moderators: metraRI, JamesT4

  by jg greenwood
On the Metra/UP lines, are the commuter trains operated by UP employees? TIA for any info.

  by c604.
Yep they're all UP employees.

  by Joe
On any line not owned by Metra, the crews are really employees for the host railroad.

BNSF, UP, etc

  by F40CFan
Joe wrote:On any line not owned by Metra, the crews are really employees for the host railroad.

The former Milwaukee Road lines are owned by Metra and I'm pretty sure that the crews are Metra employees, not CP.

  by c604.
Only the three UP lines and the BN are still purchase of service using their own employees. The rest of the lines' employees are directly employed by Metra.

  by doepack
Among other things, the purchase of service agreements currently in effect on Metra's UP and BNSF lines requires the host railroad to submit an annual operatiing budget covering the cost of providing commuter service at the same level as the previous year. Metra will usually approve the budget, as long as they keep getting at least the same annual share of state and federal monies. If there is a decrease from these funding sources for any reason, Metra will then ask for a reduced budget from the host railroads. At the end of the year, Metra pays the host railroad the difference between the approved budget and the passenger revenue. Metra also compensates the railroad for allowing Metra traffic to operate over their lines.

Within the contract, the purchase of service agreement also stipulates that Metra is responsible for the funding of commuter-related capital improvements, which include the procurement of new rolling stock, physical plant upgrades (track, switches, signals, etc.) and station projects. In return, the host railroad shares the cost of the capital projects that benefit freight operations, which are normally those associated with the physical plant.

For addtional clarity, the following link describes Metra's ownership and/or contract relationship on each of its routes. Note that for the NCS and HC lines, the trackage is now operated by Canadian National...


  by AmtrakFan
The CP line is Dispashed by CP.